Cool Rainbow Loom Tips

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I love the Rainbow Loom.  It's artistic, creative, stimulating, thoughtful, time-consuming (in a good way), educational and, most of all, fun.  My kids can spend hours upon hours making different designs and they're often at their most focused.  When they first got their kits, they read instructions and made simple pattens but over time they've started to watch instructional videos and are now coming up with the most amazing concoctions.  My husband and I proudly wear our bracelets to work everyday and we both get questioned constantly by our colleagues … [Read more...]

Exploring NYC with My Tween

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This past week was an adventure for both my 9 year-old daughter and I. We ventured into NYC several times for some real mother-daughter time. We spent one night celebrating American Girl’s newest historical character, Caroline Abbott, while learning about her home in Sackets Harbor, NY, and its role in the War of 1812. There were 1812 re-enactment actors from Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, which was recently designated as a historically significant site on New York State’s ‘Path Through History,’ dressed in period attire, there to … [Read more...]

Getting Back on the Make-Up Train with Benefit

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On Saturday my daughter and I headed into NYC for an event at the Benefit Boutique in Soho.  It was coined a "Bonding Over Beauty" event for mothers and daughters.  We hopped on the train with her girlfriend and sped into town, all eager for a day of pampering. Who doesn't deserve that? Even my daughter, at age 9, knows that she deserves one every now and then.  She learned that from me. Back in the day, pre-marriage, I actually wore make-up and guess what brand it was....Benefit!  I remember taking a trip to the brand's flag ship store in San Francisco … [Read more...]

Minted: Design Your Own Stationary with Art from Around the World

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A few weeks ago came across a new line of stationary that caught my eye instantly.  You have to understand that I am not typically into design - I tend to buy a lot of Hallmark cards.  I have never really discovered a line that excited me.  But this card made me linger and want to explore the line futher: A totally new concept for me has come into my life: Indie stationary.  Made by a company called Minted, a design-your-own stationery site, these pieces of stationary are made by designers all over the world, in 43 countries.  Minted believes that … [Read more...]

Stumped at Holiday Card Time and Saved by Tiny Prints

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The end of the year came fast, and here we are once again faced with the task of finding a good picture for a holiday card. As usual, we suffered through the same argument: do we feature just the kids or all four of us?  As usual, we disagreed.  I had no desire to be plastered on a card that would be sent around the world, finding its ways into the homes of our friends and family and ending up on a wall or mantle.  We found our task of finding good photos harder than usual this year.  Perhaps it's because we don't tend to all look into the camera lens at … [Read more...]

2011 Holiday Gift Guide

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If you’re trying to come up with some ideas for your holiday shopping for your kids without breaking the bank, here are some of the newest toys out on the shelves that I’ve personally tested on my kids..  Shopping for other people, even your kids, can sometimes be frustrating, so hopefully this list will ease the experience a bit. We're quite into family night, and the new game Brain Breaks by Cranium is quickly becoming one of our favorites. With more than 200 games that can be played in 60 seconds or less, families race to beat the timer using … [Read more...]

Getting Up and Giving Back with Striiv

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I have to admit.  Since I started this whole work at home/some office time/being a mom thing, I'm exercising less.  What can I tell you?  My time is more limited than ever.  I have multiple projects going on at the same time, and with the constant children/babysitter/mom breaks and mishaps (last week my sitter was in the hospital), there is less time than usual to get up and move, I am exercising less than I ever have in my adult life. I still have a membership at the gym, but I refuse to give that up, knowing and hoping that one day I will return on a … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Suggestion: StinkyKids, Dolls with Purpose

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Today my daughter and I attended a very special event at the Madame Alexander Doll Company in Harlem.  I was a HUGE doll fan when I was a child and knew I'd be in element.  I stopped by the Madame Alexander booth at Toy Fair earlier this year and knew about the quality of dolls that they produce.  I was told the event was to promote a new line called the StinkyKids, and I had a feeling that this would be an event for both my daughter and I. So, you can only imagine my delight when we walked into a mini showroom, with thousands of dolls from their … [Read more...]

Spending the Day with More Magazine and How to Get a Good Headshot

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Last week I was invited to an event for MORE Magazine.  I was curious about what I would learn as I haven't really checked out the magazine in the past.  I always envisioned it as a magazine for older women.  We gathered at their office in NYC and listened as Editor-in-Chief Lelsey Jane Seymour explained that the magazine is not quite what we think it is.  It's about "reinventing your life at any age."   While I thought the magazine was about entering the 2nd chapter of life, it's really for all women like myself. After taking a look at the current … [Read more...]

Introducing Zuzee, an Online Community for Tween Girls

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Zuzee is the first ever, creative online community where tween girls can share their stories and create photo memories with friends. It is an environment for self-expression that is fun, safe and designed just for tweens and it launched today!  As a mom of an 8 year-old girl, I'm particularly excited about this site.   It's a safe place for her to share, collaborate and stay in touch with her friends. I sat next to the founder at a breakfast at BlogHer and have been excited about its launch ever since. How Zuzee Works: Girls bring their favorite … [Read more...]